This is a repost of an old one of mine for homemade Sloppy Joe’s that I grew up eating. Enjoy!
1-1.5 lb ground hamburger
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt and pepper, to taste
1 large can Contandina tomato puree
1/2 cup brown sugar
1. In a large pot, brown hamburger over low-medium heat breaking it up into pieces.
2. Once browned add onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper, and red wine vinegar. Mix well and cook 1-2 more minutes.
3. Add tomato puree. Stir until mixed well. It will look “soupy” at this point. Heat until it starts to bubble. Turn down to low and put a lid on the pot slightly askew (to let the water boil off, but preventing your stovetop getting covered in red spots).
4. Keep an eye on it, stirring every 2-3 minutes. After 10 minutes, add brown sugar. Cook another 10 minutes.
5. Taste test it. I added another 2 tbsp brown sugar at this point. Now, the tomato should have thickened to look almost like a stew. Turn the heat down as low as possible. Cook another 5 minutes and viola!
6. Spoon over hamburger buns and enjoy. Tater tops go good as as a side.